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Does Inspiration Necessitate Dictation?
Once upon a time, I was one of those Christians that looked at the Bible the way a Muslim does the Qur’an. What I mean by that, is that I believed the Bible, down to every last letter, was without error. Muslims are taught that all of the manuscripts are the same–without variation. This is how I approached the Bible too, I think that being a King James Onlyist had much to do with it. (Note)
We now have an apologetics study group on Facebook called: (CASA) Christian Apologetics Study Alliance. I’ve been meeting more people that would like to get into apologetics but just don’t know where to start. Additionally, a number of folks are flat out intimidated by some of the more complex arguments of scholars like William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, N. T. Wright etc. So, with that, I created this group to help facilitate the beginners–I’m a layman myself but not quite a beginner–in getting their feet wet in this field of study. While we warmly welcome the more scholarly types (we definitely need these folks in our group too!), our primary focus is to cater to the newbies.
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Getting back on the horse
It’s been awhile but I started studying with a Jehovah’s Witness again, and I’m going through the “Bible Teach” book with. In our last study, my JW conductor emphatically told me that God’s name, is Jehovah. I asked him what language this name is in; originally that is. (I wanted to tell him it’s a hybrid Latin name but refrained) He said he didn’t know but actually admitted it’s fairly close to the divine name “YHWH”–which is the Hebrew, the tetragrammaton–but that it isn’t his exact name. Of course this an important name according to the Watchtower, they say:
Nick Peters joins me on the show to discuss what he does at his apologetics ministry “Deeper Waters”; including a focus on the real battles that he believes that our culture is fighting today, and where we are being distracted from them. Nick is a Christian apologist living in the Corryton Tennessee area just outside of Knoxville. He’s the social media and communications expert for Ratio Christi, the ministry partner of J. P. Holding of Tekton Apologetics Ministries. He and his wife Allie have been married for over two years and both of them have Asperger’s as well. Nick is currently preparing work on his Master’s in New Testament focusing on the question of miracles. We will be LIVE! Wednesday October 24th at 5 pm Pacific, 6 pm Mountain, 7 pm Central, 8 pm Eastern.
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Shawn McCraney is the author of “I Was A Born Again Mormon”, which is a book that is as authentic in its compassion for Mormons as it is theologically rigorous. Shawn was a Mormon for over 40 years until he met the real Jesus of Christianity. He is also the host of the television show “Heart of the Matter” which has aired since 2006. We will be LIVE! Friday October 19th at 5 pm Pacific, 6 pm Mountain, 7 pm Central, 8 pm Eastern.
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William H. Bowen is the National Director of Silentlambs Inc., a child abuse awareness organization that assists with Jehovah’s Witness victims of abuse. Silentlambs is an internationally known organization that educates the public and media on the practices of JWs and how it relates to abuse issues. William has appeared as an expert on VH1 The Life of Michael Jackson, Dateline, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CNN with Connie Chung, and the New York Times. He will share some of these heart wrenching abuse scandals with us. We will be live Wednesday October 17th at 5 pm Pacific, 6 pm Mountain, 7 pm Central, 8 pm Eastern.
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